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Updated: 1/06 7:47 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Phones are ringing off the hook at Jacksonville area pool service shops.
Pool owners are calling because they're worried about pool pipes freezing.
Plant nursery owners are worried, too. Bent Oak Nursery has been operating in Ponte Vedra Beach since the 1940s. But nothing here has ever withstood temperatures now in our forecast.
"Several of them aren't going to make it, even if you cover them, if we get to 19 degrees," said Keith Reagor, owner of Bent Oak Nursery.
But experts say you can give your fragile tropicals their best chance of survival by covering them with sheets or blankets. That's exactly what Action News found Hope Boland doing in front of her house in the Sawgrass neighborhood.
"Last year we didn't cover them and they froze," said Boland. Her neighbor down the street has the same fear about his pool pipes and filter. So he called a pool technician, who told us freezing pool pipes are a real possibility.
"If the pump's not running, you have a really good chance of it freezing over night," said Chris Kurtzke, a technician for Pinch A Penny.
The simple solution for pool owners is to turn off the electric timer and keep the filter constantly running throughout the duration of the freezing temperature.
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